Great success for Holloway’s boat club

This weekend saw the Boat Club complete in the Allom Cup, the competition specifically for the University of London colleges. After working hard all term, we planned to set off at 6am on Saturday morning trailer loaded and teams ready to compete. As anyone who has competed in any sport at Holloway, the best laid plans of mice and men often go array. Simply put … Continue reading Great success for Holloway’s boat club

After recent failures, is British sport on its knees?

Like the state of football in England though, the shape of tennis likewise is in a state of anarchy. Football fans may grumble and whinge that they havenÂ’t seen the national team lift the World Cup for over forty years, but some tennis fans have never been alive to see a British Wimbledon singles champion – with the last one being the great Fred Perry … Continue reading After recent failures, is British sport on its knees?

Angels and Airwaves – I-Empire

The songs are lyrically adolescent. Cliché talk of snow, stars, love and doves – the stuff dreams are made of. When the band abandons its pursuit of the momentous, a likable rawness is revealed. ‘LifelineÂ’ is the only track with a lyrical narrative worth noting; all the others stink of abstract amateur poetry. When the band does less, the music does more. I-Empire has a … Continue reading Angels and Airwaves – I-Empire

Golden Dogs – Big Eye Little Eye

Eclectic and experimental Golden Dogs have created a beautiful mess. Jumping from one lily pad of genre to another, ‘Big Eye Little EyeÂ’ is an energetic and dizzy ride of highs and lows. With twangy guitars, trumpets and manically pounding drum beats, Golden Dogs will etch their infectious alt-rock on your memory whether you like it or not. Combining sixties soul with experimental electro-injected vocals, … Continue reading Golden Dogs – Big Eye Little Eye

Swimmer One – The Regional Variations

‘The Regional VariationsÂ’ is a stunning debut from the Scottish two-some Swimmer One, whose minimalist beats and starkly jagged synths writhe on an air of pure harmonic insanity. ThereÂ’s been a massive rise in electro-pop over the last year, most of it more than slightly overwhelming s, but thereÂ’s nothing to fear in this stunner of a debut. It may have taken four years to … Continue reading Swimmer One – The Regional Variations

Elizabeth – The Golden Age

What made the first Elizabeth (1998) work on thematic terms was its adherence to intimacy and mood. And while Shekhar KapurÂ’s second attempt, now in theatres, has received flack from critics and audiences alike for its loose adaptation of historical context, Elizabeth also took liberties with fact and fiction. The Golden Age strives to be more of a feast for the eye than the mind. … Continue reading Elizabeth – The Golden Age

The Darjeeling Limited

Similar worries circulated when Anderson announced mischievously that his new film was about three brothers and was to be shot almost exclusively in India. Yet, The Darjeeling Limited finds Anderson once again in control of a format he knows all too well, that of the perpetual child. The backdrop of Indian spirituality is the perfect backdrop for the brothers to worship/deface. The filmÂ’s plot chugs … Continue reading The Darjeeling Limited

American Gangster – The American Dream/Nightmare

The film opens with Denzel Washington standing over a desperate man, pleading for his life. He nonchalantly lights the man on fire, then shoots him several times – his character is defined by its determination and systematic approach to a ‘job well-doneÂ’. After his mentor Bumpy Johnson dies suddenly, Lucas assumes power of the underworld of Harlem that Johnson controlled. He discovers a way to … Continue reading American Gangster – The American Dream/Nightmare

A Biggles’ Christmas Carol

Oh! But he was a hateful conservative, Biggles! a right wing, bitter, avaricious, gluttonous, nationalist, claret-swilling old sinner! He was hard and sharp as flint. Anyone who did not meet his standards and prejudices: the poor, foreigners, gays, lesbians and the left leaning would avoid him in the street, for Biggles sent chills down the spines of even the warmest individuals. Biggles did never mind … Continue reading A Biggles’ Christmas Carol

Max and Iván: Christmas Special

The Meaning Of Life By Colin Mountfry, Philosophical Correspondant and Third Elf From Left in the Elmsleigh Centre ‘SantaÂ’s GrottoÂ’ Life. Man has pondered the nature of his own existence since he descended from the treetops and began to walk on his hind legs. What is it that plucks us from the ether and breathes into us the ability to walk and sing, to think, … Continue reading Max and Iván: Christmas Special